speak too soon

speak too soon

To say something that is soon negated. This phrase is usually used in the past tense, as the negating factor has already happened. A: "Who's screaming at each other upstairs?" B: "Well, I thought we'd get through a normal family dinner, but I guess I spoke too soon!"
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speak too soon

Assume something prematurely, as in I guess I spoke too soon about moving to Boston; I didn't get the job after all.
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Never speak too soon my mama taught me but I couldn't help it.
I don't want to speak too soon, but at the moment I feel good again.
As in the case of Chinese whispers, no one knows anything first hand, or for a fact, and parents in Dubai are still anxious, and reluctant to speak too soon.
It is never wise to speak too soon about the Boro, but if they can maintain that level of skill and commitment they have to be contenders at the top end of the Championship.
I don't want to speak too soon but, if we can win it and pip City, I'm sure it would be very sweet.
Ahh, yes-the heart-stopping family friendly happening news of Khor Fakkan, Kipp apparently did speak too soon.
We are still finalizing things, so I do not want to speak too soon," said Dr.
I don't want to speak too soon because of what's happened before," she said, "but he has come out of the race okay and is bouncing in himself, absolutely buzzing really.
He said: "The deal has been agreed but I don't want to speak too soon.
Don't speak too soon though, as events today could well pleasantly surprise you.
I don't want to speak too soon, but you can see we're at the start of something and, hopefully, there'll be bigger rewards than what we've had in the past.
A friend added: "Jessie doesn't want to speak too soon because she has been hurt in the past.
Forgive me if I speak too soon, we have after all, seen a snowy start to March.
Let's not speak too soon, but discipline in the league has never been better.
He added: "I feel good but you can never speak too soon, so I take each game as it comes.